Simple Strategies for Creating Strong Readers -- Helping Your Child Become a Reader

Without doubt, reading with children spells success for early literacy. Putting a few
simple strategies into action will make a significant difference in helping children
develop into good readers and writers.

Through reading aloud, providing print materials, and promoting positive attitudes about
reading and writing, you can have a powerful impact on your child’s literacy and

  • Invite your child to read with you every day.
  • When reading a book where the print is large, point word by word as you read. This will help your child learn that reading goes from left to right and understand that the word said is the word seen.
  • Read your child’s favorite book over and over.
  • Read many stories with rhyming words and repeated lines. Invite your child to join in on these parts. Point, word by word, as your child reads along with you.
  • Discuss new words. For example, “This big house is called a palace. Who do you think lives in a palace?”
  • Stop and ask about the pictures and about what is happening in the story.
  • Read from a variety of children's books, including fairy tales, song books, poems, and information books.

Reading well is at the heart of all learning. Children who can’t read well,
can’t learn. Help make a difference for your child.

From Reading Tips for Parents, U.S. Department of Education. Available online at or call 1–800–USA–

Secretary Arne Duncan has stated that during the second term of the Obama administration there would be continued focus on:
  • revamping the teaching profession, including improving principal preparation programs,
  • Title II grants, which are used for professional-development-type activities, federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) dollars, and other programs.
  • schools using the four turnaround models as part of SIG program,
  • improving early-childhood education, and
  • making college more affordable and attainable.

“Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on … education; – decisions that will have a huge impact on … our children’s lives for decades to come.
Education … the gateway to opportunity ….
Government has a role in this. But teachers must inspire; principals must lead; parents must instill a thirst for learning, and students, you’ve got to do the work.”

President Barack Obama

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